ASSISTANT CONSTRUCTION OFFICIAL
Assists the Construction Official in overall administrative
responsibility for administering and enforcing provisions of the
New Jersey Uniform Construction Code; does other related duties
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Reviews applications for completeness as to form and for
verification of prior approvals.
Request additional documentation concerning prior approvals as
Prepares and obtains reports.
Attends meetings and hearings.
Makes field inspections when problems develop.
May act as subcode official for any subcode in which qualified to
act as a subcode official.
Assumes all duties, responsibilities, and authority of the
Construction Official in his/her absence.
May assist the Construction Official in the following duties:
Directing, planning, organizing, and supervising staff and
activities concerned with carrying out the regulations of the NJ
Uniform Construction Code.
Developing the work program with effective/appropriate
procedures, analyzing inspection problems, and establishing
appropriate work methods.
Executing plans for effective utilization of available funds,
personnel, equipment, materials, and supplies.
Preparing a budget and maintaining balances.
Establishing personnel rules/policies within the unit and in
recommending policies or changes in policy and procedures
to appropriate officials.
Arranging for contractual inspections when necessary and
reviewing reports submitted by contracted agency.
Enforcing regulations of the NJ Uniform Construction Code.
Providing applications for construction work and assisting the
public in preparing applications.
Determining the proper fee for the work required, collecting all
fees/penalties, and ensuring that funds are properly accounted
for on receipt of the completed application.
Ensuring that subcode officials shall have an adequate time
period to review appropriate applications, plans, and
Ensuring that requests for variation are properly prepared,
documented, and referred to the appropriate subcode officials.
Issuing construction permit certificates of occupancy, and
temporary certificates of occupancy on receipt of the approval
of all appropriate subcode officials.
Recording notices of violation on receiving notification of the
appropriate subcode official, and determining penalties for
noncompliance with the penalty notices.
Ensuring that required inspections are scheduled/performed on
time and that reports of inspections are completed and properly
Recording stop work orders as notified by the appropriate subcode
Ensuring that final inspections have been completed prior to
issuance of a certificate of occupancy and that inspections
required for that purpose have been completed prior to issuance
of a temporary certificate of occupancy.
Ensuring in the case of a change of use or on a request for a
certificate of continued occupancy that each subcode official
gives approval based on an inspection and the review of all
submitted data before issuing a certificate of continued
Coordinating activities of subcode officials in enforcement of
provisions of the energy subcode.
Preparing for an appeal before the Construction Board of Appeals
and appearing before the Board, in filing necessary court
complaints, and making court appearances in the various courts of
appeals when required.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Applicants must possess a license as a Construction Official issued by
the Department of Community Affairs.
NOTE: Where the construction official also serves as one or more
sub code officials, applicants must possess the appropriate sub code
official license and, will be required to possess a technical license of
the appropriate level (HHS, ICS, RCS) in a specified discipline
(building inspector, electrical inspector, fire protection inspector,
plumbing inspector, or elevator inspector.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in NJ only
if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to
perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of principles of management and supervision and of the
administration of a local enforcement agency including record
keeping, preparation of reports, personnel procedures, and budget
Knowledge of record keeping requirements under the NJ Uniform
Construction Code including permit and certificate of occupancy
records, variation application records, and violation files and
Knowledge of the method of establishing/maintaining proper
review/approval procedures for permit applications to ensure
compliance with the construction code and applicable
Knowledge of legal methods of code enforcement; of the
purpose/fundamentals of stop orders and notices of penalties and
court action; of the powers/procedures available to deal with
hazardous conditions and emergency situations; of procedures for
processing cases involving condemnations and other violations of
the subcodes; of requiring/obtaining/issuing search warrants; of
legal responsibilities of inspection personnel; and of other
Knowledge of building subcode provisions including structural
requirements and durability and weatherability requirements; of
electrical subcode provisions including minimum service and
appliances and basic circuits; of elevator subcode provisions; of
fire prevention code provisions including special permits
required, storage/handling of goods/materials, maintenance of
exit facilities and maintenance of fire protection equipment; of
fire protection subcode provisions including height/area
requirements, fire resistance, flame spread, and combustibility
requirements; of plumbing subcode provisions including sanitary
waste disposal, water supply, venting, and required facilities.
Knowledge of the technical knowledge/abilities for the
appropriate subcode official's license that are commensurate with
the level (HHS, ICS, RCS) which has been established by the
jurisdiction for the enforcing agency.
Ability to establish/maintain cooperative working relationships
with local/state government officials, staff members, and the
Ability to evaluate programs/procedures.
Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and coordinate activities
of diversified units.
Ability to exercise independent judgment in evaluating situations
and in making determinations.
Ability to organize assigned work and develop effective work
Ability to prepare and supervise preparation of clear, concise,
accurate, and informative reports.
Ability to analyze and interpret the NJ Uniform Construction
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If
the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the
employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.